Explore the most popular kid friendly trails in Cherokee National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
2 days ago

have been here one time and would like to go again. went with friend and two of my grandkids there was ice still in places. the waterfall is beatiful. basically an easy hike other then the length

on Sill Branch Falls

hiking
7 days ago

Short hike with an amazing reward! Getting to the falls is very easy a hike. Just make sure when you come to the split to stay on Sill Branch North that will take you directly to the waterfall. The south part of the trail follows the creek and makes for a great day hike.

15 days ago

very nice hike really pretty in the winter

Pretty easy overall. I’d recommend this for anybody looking for a high payoff for a short hike.

Any skill level can do this hike. Those with knee trouble should take a sturdy walking stick as there is a steep incline/decline.

I hiked this today (9/7/18) in a rush. It only took about 20 minutes of actual walking to get there and back. I will definitely go back and take the whole family.

lil steep in a part or 2 but worth it super short trail

Beautiful hike down to the falls. Most of the hike is moderate, but the trail down to the falls is long and steep. Stone stairs are helpful, but can be slippery if wet. Falls were awesome. Well worth the trek down.

It’s a pretty easy hike. Beautiful, but lots of hidden roots and rocks from erosion popping up. It’s easy to twist an ankle or trip. Just look down as you go.

Good hike. Go after lots of rain so that there will be more water in the falls.

hiking
20 days ago

Great hike to take family and friends. Easy, short, and very photogenic falls at the end. You can actually walk into the base of the falls to sit and stand while they wash over you.

hiking
20 days ago

Definitely an easy, quick hike that can be combined with other hikes in the area.

20 days ago

steep Rocky but worth the pain the trail is by the tent camping towards the back of the tent camping area it was hard to find the trail from the recetation center

on Sill Branch Falls

20 days ago

short moderate hike

hiking
21 days ago

Thanks Katherine! We hit the trail on 8/24 and it was terrific. I appreciated all the feedback about the gravel drive in. Views were great and trail was really well maintained considering the # of down trees and it's remote location. Saw one small snake, without issues. My hiking buddies and I laughed about how you hike uphill to get in and to get out. But it was a very do-able trail for the 50-something crowd. The second falls was worth the additional walk.......I think we liked them even better than the first, both are great.

Trail follows a rocky jeep trail 3/4 of the way to the falls. After road ends trail becomes more pleasant.

Great beginners trail, loved both of the waterfalls on the trail!

The bridge construction is completed and the bridge is open. I just got off the trail - it’s in good condition and the waterfalls are fantastic, full pool.

planning to hike this coming weekend 8/24-25. Can anyone verify that the bridge that was "out" is now done and open??? Thanks

Loved it! The falls were beautiful!

hiking
1 month ago

All of the reviews were very helpful. The entire trail is easy until you get to the falls. When you turn left at the falls sign, the last 100 yards is descending down stairs and a slippery root filled trail. This was an excellent first hike in Tennessee.

nature trips
1 month ago

The road up there was gravel and bumpy, but any car can make it. The hike itself was beautiful. Definitly wear good shoes because some spots are slick. Beautiful was tho. Make sure to take North Side trail. I'm a chunky woman and it was still easy for me:)

hiking
1 month ago

We've started taking our 6 year old son hiking and he absolutely loved this one. We used Google maps to get there and it took us right to the trail head. He loved getting in the little pools of water hiking up to the main fall. This trail is definitely kid friendly.

hiked this trail at 730am and it was beautiful and peaceful. The only strenuous part was the stairs coming back up from the falls, very rocky.

A really nice trail. The waterfalls at the end are excellent but the trail makes you work for it. Trail is a mix of flat walking and quite rocky. There are 4 water crossings which were manageable even with the wet summer.

This trail is PERFECT for the beginning hiker who is in average physical condition. The falls are beautiful and worth the walk!

hiking
1 month ago

This was an absolutely beautiful trail from start to end! If you are looking for a challenging, but not too strenuous 2-3 hour hike that includes a creekside view and sound for a majority of the hike, well-marked and maintained trails, beautiful wooded area, 2 spectacular waterfalls and a great place to play in the water (especially for kids and water dogs!) then this is a great pick! We were very grateful to have read prior posts about how to route around the construction on the bridge, as we would have had no idea how to get to this secluded treasure! It was in the middle of no where, but definitely worth the drive! We hiked to the top fall first, followed by the lower falls trail. There was no way of swimmimg in the water near the falls as it was to rugged, but some great spots to wade in alongside the creek! Great hidden gem!

Short, mostly uphill. The wet and rocky path made the walk difficult for some of our group. At the end of the trail marked on this map, there is a steep scramble path down to the base of the falls.

Great little hike with a beautiful waterfall as payoff. There are a few really muddy spots on the trail so make sure you have the correct shoes.

Hadn’t hiked the falls in probably 8 years or longer, but had a blast. Took the kiddos (4 and 6) and they did very well. Trail is in good shape, creek crossings were fairly deep in places since all the rain lately in the area. The falls were beautiful, again from all the rain lately they were flowing heavy! I definitely recommend this trail for some beautiful scenery. I have hiked this trail since I was a kid and have always loved how it follows the creek up the mountain.

scenic driving
1 month ago

The coolest thing about this waterfall is you dont have to hike the trail IF you dont want to. There is a road that leads right up to the fall that goes right past it. It was November when we visited the fall so we opted to drive to it. The area is just beautiful and so is the falls!!

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